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NJGOP calls federal & state investigations of Christie administration “partisan witch hunts”

From a fundraising email just sent out by the New Jersey Republicans:

“The people of New Jersey deserve better than the partisan witch hunt they’re currently witnessing on television every night. Thank you for standing with Governor Christie as he begins his second term, while New Jersey builds on the progress we’ve made over the past four years.”

Right. They’re not specifically calling the investigations – now both state and federal – a partisan witch hunt. It’s just the TV coverage they say they object to in this email. A distinction without a difference, considering that some of the people they’re seeing interviewed who are involved in Christie’s scandals either as whistle-blower like Hoboken’s Dawn Zimmer (who the GOPs see as a partisan opportunist), or Joint Legislative SCI co-chairs John Wisniewski or Loretta Weinberg, who have the power to subpoena documents. They mean Democrats; Wiz & Weinberg are the probe’s co-chairs because we have a divided government, and because only a fool would trust this party to do due diligence and fact-finding on the governor who has ordered so many of their votes for three years. And all these people they see on teevee that so vex them have the power to bring down their empire, either by telling truth or uncovering the truth. Don’t forget that one of the people subpoenaed – and currently fighting it – is Bill Stepian. Who used to run the NJGOP, for a few hours before the GWB scandal was tracked to his email address (among others).

ELEC has decided the Christie campaign can raise funds for its mounting legal expenses. And the NJGOP didn’t waste much time. And they’re playing big: they’re asking for $25 a month.

But if you’ll pony up that much, they’ll send you an “American Flag New Jersey” pin. “This is the very same pin you see Governor Christie wearing during his public appearances.” NIFTY! That come with a decoder ring, too?

Full text of NJGOP’s email is below. “The lliberal media!” “Stand up to MSNBC!” and “Trenton Democrats” Their “relentless” attacks and witch hunt! And Christie? They paint him the stalwart just doing his job as all this comes down.

My favorite line? The cold open about Christie’s “historic victory” “earning the votes of more than 60% of New Jerseyans”. Uhhh, no. Not 60% of the state, but about 60% of the voters who showed up in the lowest-turnout Gov race in history.

But what’s few facts, when there’s Republicans to keep out of jail?Read it, below.

 

I wonder what Chris Christie says about this.

ELEC, the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission, has issued a 32-page report detailing alleged misuse of campaign funds by the lynchpin of a considerable chunk of Chris Christie’s “Democratic and “bipartisan” support for re-election.

Download the 32-page document here.

ELEC is charging that Essex County political boss Joe DiVincenzo failed to disclose 614 campaign expenditures over two years from 2010 to 2012. That’s $71,810 worth of money people gave to elect him, spent instead on himself; vacations, tickets to big sports events, and personal expenses. And in expenditures he did disclose, that he spent campaign money to the tune of more than $16k – in 51 purchases – for things like gym memberships, a trip, and more sporting events.

Of further concern, Joe D continues to disclose how he spent much of the money, which was designated on required state forms only as reimbursements to a personal credit card. It’s a long-standing problem; these charges relate to his 2010 general election ELEC report. And his 2014 Democratic Primary report.

Joe D is hardly the first politician – or the first Democrat – to require official watchdogs to investigate them for spending their supporters’ money on themselves. But you’d think Christie, the law-and-order man, would have better radar. It’s a classy group of “Democrats” behind the Governor.  

Swarm this poll: Who needs a fundraising email from Gov. Martin O’Malley? We do.

I’m going to suggest you take a sec and tell Gov. Martin O’Malley to send a fundraising email for Barbara Buono. Read on. Or just do it now.

For a while I kept a count of how many emails I got from the DGA – the Democratic Governors Association – about GOP Virginia Gov candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who never met a uterus he didn’t think he could order around vs. emails about Chris Christie, whose crazy is considerably better harnessed. And far more dangerous, given that it’s Christie and not Cucinnelli who wants the White House and has people ready to write the fat checks to propel him there.

I gave up keeping count, and being annoyed that my emails to DGA went unanswered. I have enough stress. But now, here’s a thing. Now, they’re asking. Well, Gov. Martin O’Malley is. O’Malley, the hotshot Maryland governor who was sharply critical of Christie when he was DGA chair (he’s now Finance Chair) is circulating a poll asking which of 3 Gov races he should shoot out a fundraising email for.

The choices?

Virginia – for Terry McAuliffe, running against the aforementioned Cuccinelli, whose detractors call him “The Cooch” and he totally deserves that. Compares a woman’s right to choose to slavery, hates immigration reform, and didn’t want to sign a letter asking Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Maryland – O’Malley’s home state, where his LG Anthony Brown is looking to follow in O’Malley’s top-grade shoes.

And New Jersey, where Barbara Buono is running against Chris Christie. I know I don’t have to make the case to you why O’Malley’s fundraiser email should be for Buono. Screw Virginia. Screw Maryland. Not really.

Just Vote for New Jersey.

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Will Chris Christie even debate Barbara Buono?

Chris Christie is double-digits ahead of Barbara Buono in the election coming 111 days from now (as opposed to the one 91 days from now, and the one in 27 days).

And today, ELEC released its choice of debate sponsors and locations. But Christie’s spokesperson Kevin Roberts won’t even commit to his boss showing up. Seems he hasn’t decided he’s taking public funds. And if he doesn’t, he can’t be compelled to debate. Even so, Roberts says:

“We look forward to continuing a vigorous level of public debate on the issues in this campaign.”

Really.

How disingenuous for the Christie campaign to spout about any “vigorous level of public debate”. Because that seems only to mean to them that they pump the funds from his millionaire corporate buddies to pound Buono into the ground with big TV ad buys calling her Corzine. Like that’s a thing. Plus the public funds he already appropriates under the guise of “town halls” to propagandize surrounded with adoring clappers given advance notice to show up while most of us are working. And thoseStronger than the Storm blurbs with him and his kids. That you’re paying for. And the warm, squishy “charity” where he accepts the largesse of generous New Jerseyans and others. Without even a plan made public to spend that money on the people who need it – though he sure seems to have time for photo-ops collecting it from the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and the United Arab Emirates. And btw, yeah, we’re still wondering.

I guess that’s what passes for “debate” from Governor Christopher James Christie. And debates – real, grown-ass debates in all parts of New Jersey, where he doesn’t control the audience with his self-flattering intro videos, firm control of the microphone, insults to voters who dare to disagree with him, and, you know, rules of proper debate – should be the least we should expect from Christie.  

Christie & Buono Fundraising Numbers

Chris Christie will report a fundraising haul of just below $6.2 million to date, it is widely reported. That’s $3.4M cash-on-hand, after $1.2M spent on his first TV ad buy. His campaign touts contributions from all 50 states, but with 85% from inside the state he has been absent from for many of the days in the last fundraising quarter. Calculations from politickernj put the average check to the Governor at a whopping $440.

Barbara Buono has raised under $1.9 million from just under 2,500 contributors, with that figure also including $1 million from the state matching funds program, which the Governor has opted out of.

While you’re contemplating these big numbers, I’ll give you a few others: . New Jersey’s the 4th most expensive place to live in the U.S. and yet Christie vetoed a minimum wage hike 7

400,000

7.5%: the national unemployment average.

#1: NJ has the highest unemployment of our 5 state region: NJ, NY, PA, DE & CT.

76%: Want minimum wage up from $7.25 to $8.25 (with automatic yearly hikes after that)

Christie & Buono Fundraising Numbers

Chris Christie will report a fundraising haul of just below $6.2 million to date, it is widely reported. That’s $3.4M cash-on-hand, after $1.2M spent on his first TV ad buy. His campaign touts contributions from all 50 states, but with 85% from inside the state he has been absent from for many of the days in the last fundraising quarter. Calculations from politickernj put the average check to the Governor at a whopping $440.

Barbara Buono has raised under $1.9 million from just under 2,500 contributors, with that figure also including $1 million from the state matching funds program, which the Governor has opted out of.

While you’re contemplating these big numbers, I’ll give you a few others: . New Jersey’s the 4th most expensive place to live in the U.S. and yet Christie vetoed a minimum wage hike 7

400,000

7.5%: the national unemployment average.

#1: NJ has the highest unemployment of our 5 state region: NJ, NY, PA, DE & CT.

76%: Want minimum wage up from $7.25 to $8.25 (with automatic yearly hikes after that)

Christie & Buono Fundraising Numbers

Chris Christie will report a fundraising haul of just below $6.2 million to date, it is widely reported. That’s $3.4M cash-on-hand, after $1.2M spent on his first TV ad buy. His campaign touts contributions from all 50 states, but with 85% from inside the state he has been absent from for many of the days in the last fundraising quarter. Calculations from politickernj put the average check to the Governor at a whopping $440.

Barbara Buono has raised under $1.9 million from just under 2,500 contributors, with that figure also including $1 million from the state matching funds program, which the Governor has opted out of.

While you’re contemplating these big numbers, I’ll give you a few others: . New Jersey’s the 4th most expensive place to live in the U.S. and yet Christie vetoed a minimum wage hike 7

400,000

7.5%: the national unemployment average.

#1: NJ has the highest unemployment of our 5 state region: NJ, NY, PA, DE & CT.

76%: Want minimum wage up from $7.25 to $8.25 (with automatic yearly hikes after that)

ELEC reports on NJ Q1 fundraising

Via ELEC, FUNDRAISING BY

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee raised considerably less in the Q1 than its Republican counterpart, and the NJ Republican State Committee has a better than 5-1 cash-on-hand advantage over the state Democrats. Credit the GOP state party strength to the Republican governor staring down re-election and 2016 White House buzz. But in the fundraising quarter ending March 31, both the Senate Democratic Majority ($256,850) and the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee ($291,860) outraised their GOP counterparts ($208,092 and $207,053, respectively) with the GOP’s Senate committee enjoying better cash-on-hand ($675,901) than the Senate Dems ($478,347) while DACC ($534,154) enjoys the C-O-H advantage over the GOP’s Assembly fundraising ($366,936).

There’s a big cash-on-hand difference between the NJRSC ($429,003) and the NJDSC ($80,461) – a 5-1 GOP advantage. Despite strong fundraising efforts by the Dem legislative committees, that contributes to an overall wobble in favor of the Republicans – they have $1,402,128 net worth with all their committees combines, to the Dems’ $1,019,283.  

In the ‘Hard E-mails to Write’ Category …

Pascrell fundraising letter by Rothman

In the inboxes of Democrats all over New Jersey today is a fundraising appeal for Rep. Bill Pascrell from, and including a picture of, Steve Rothman.

Not very long ago, these men were locked into one of the most unpleasant and painful primary battles in the country; two colleagues on equal footing and similar backgrounds whose teams were merciless on each other. I’ll spare you the links; we all remember and we’re all still recovering. Pascrell won the duel, and barring a big-ass asteroid slamming into the Earth, will remain in Congress. Rothman, left politically homeless by redistricting and primary defeat, is at the end of more than 25 years in elected office.

But he’s still a congressman for a few months longer. And his name and requests still mean a great deal to NJ Democrats. There’s something very welcome in this email for one old friend, from another. Wounds not exactly healed, and maybe never, but circles coming around.

Full email is after the jump, including where to send campaign contributions to the NJ-9 Democratic nominee for Congress, Bill Pascrell.